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nancybrady's picture
Aug.10.2012
More than halfway through the year, and I have not abandoned my New Year's Resolutions.  That is, I am still reading more books and I am putting steps on my pedometer.  Although this pedometer geek didn't quite manage 10,000 steps every day, I did have five days in which I exceeded the...
monty-heying's picture
Aug.04.2012
There is a scale of sympathy that characters tread in the course of a story. We need to like or sympathize with our heroes and despise our villains. Flat characters are less interesting than those who are round, or complex. A hero with flaws is more interesting and real. "Nobody's perfect" and no...
monty-heying's picture
Jun.25.2012
It's a stretch of the misandric imagination to assert, as I read in one woman's critique, that in this character Steinbeck is asserting that "all women as nothing but trouble and are the downfall of man". That's like saying that because an artist paints a rattlesnake with poisonous fangs, all...
monty-heying's picture
Jun.25.2012
http://bookstove.com/book-talk/john-steinbeck-meets-ernest-hemingway-new-york-1944/ Here's a link to an interesting article about some important writers having dinner: Ernest Henmintway, John Steinbeck and John O'Hara (Butterfield 8, Pal Joey, From the Terrace.) The shabby behavior of Hemingway is...
steve-hauk's picture
Jun.09.2012
I still recall an evening of Ray Bradbury coming up the escalator of May Company Wilshire, Los Angeles shortly after Hedy Lamarr had gone down the escalator of May Company, oh, many years ago. Hedy, on those summer evenings, after perhaps doing a little shoplifting, sometimes ventured East on...
jennifer-niven's picture
Mar.15.2012
There’s a very strange something that happens when you finish a book. Call it Writer’s Postpartum, but it is a kind of mourning/grieving/losing-your-best-friend/wandering-about-the-house-without-a-purpose feeling. It’s the feeling that something is missing, that something is not quite right...
steve-hauk's picture
Mar.07.2012
Nancy and I drove down California’s Salinas Valley yesterday, into South Monterey County, by or through the towns of Gonzales, Soledad and Greenfield, then further south by King City and San Lucas and into San Ardo and Bradley and even into San Miguel in San Luis Obispo County. Although this is the...
steve-hauk's picture
Feb.27.2012
John Steinbeck was born 110 years ago today. I know it doesn't necessarily follow, but that fact made me wonder again about his missing portrait by the artist Ellwood Graham.   Not that there is a shortage of portraits of the author of The Grapes of Wrath. Steinbeck was reticent about making...
steve-hauk's picture
Feb.12.2012
. . . for instance, in Monterey County, California, in 1912, when librarians would pack books in saddle bags, throw them over the shoulders and flanks of burros, hop up on the burros and cross a major mountain range to deliver to remote library branches in the Big Sur hard by the Pacific. The books...
jennifer-niven's picture
Jan.24.2012
Book titles are tricky. Sometimes they come to you naturally and easily and sometimes (most of the time) they’re more evasive. John Steinbeck said, “I have never been a title man. I don’t give a damn what it is called.” But I do. I think titles are important. Tennessee Williams said, “The...